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July 24, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN RANEY: STATE REPRESENTATIVES KACAL AND RANEY ATTEND SECURITY BRIEFING ALONG TEXAS-MEXICO BORDER

State Representatives Kyle Kacal (R-College Station) and John Raney (R-Bryan) attended a legislative tour and security briefing on Tuesday in the Rio Grande Valley to see first-hand the operations being conducted by the Department of Public Safety along the Texas-Mexico Border.

From Representative John Raney


July 24, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: KEN PAXTON FACE THE LAW - SORT OF

Admitted criminal and Tea Party Republican candidate Ken Paxton is bringing his “now-you-see-him-now-you-don’t” campaign to the Sheriffs' Association if Texas Annual Meeting in San Antonio next week.

From Lone Star Project


July 24, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: COMMITTEE TO FOCUS ON STRENGTHENING HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus today created the Select Committee on Health Care Education and Training, which will focus on preparing more Texans for careers in the state’s growing health sector. Committee members will assess the demand for health professionals across the state.

From Speaker Joe Straus


July 24, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: WE MUST PUT A STOP TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S AMNESTY AND GIVE GOVERNORS ALL OPTIONS POSSIBLE TO MITIGATE THIS CRISIS

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced the Protect Children and Families Through the Rule of Law Act, which includes measures that would stop President Obama’s amnesty, reform the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and empower governors to utilize the National Guard to address this specific crisis at federal expense, including authority to arrest violators of federal immigration, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and terrorism laws.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 24, 2014

SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE: STATEMENT ON JOINT INTERIM COMMITTEE TO STUDY HUMAN TRAFFICKING HEARING IN LA JOYA

Today, the Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking concluded a historic hearing, the first of its kind in the Rio Grande Valley. The committee took testimony regarding services available to victims.

From Senator Leticia Van De Putte


July 24, 2014

CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS OF TEXAS PAC: ENDORSES CHARLES PERRY

Conservative Republicans of Texas PAC has endorsed Charles Perry in the Emergency Special Election, scheduled for September 9, 2014, for former Senator Robert Duncan’s District 28 seat.

From Conservative Republicans of Texas PAC


July 24, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN KUEMPEL: APPOINTED CO-CHAIR OF LOTTERY REVIEW COMMITTEE

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus appointed Representative John Kuempel, R- Seguin as Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee to Review the Texas Lottery and Texas Lottery Commission today.

From Representative John Kuempel


July 24, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: NAMES MEMBERS TO LOTTERY REVIEW COMMITTEE

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus made appointments today to the Legislative Committee to Review the Texas Lottery and Texas Lottery Commission. The committee was created last year by the passage of House Bill 2197. The purpose of the committee is to study charitable bingo and the distribution of the revenue that such bingo generates.

From Speaker Joe Straus


July 24, 2014

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT: ADAPT AND TCRP CHALLENGE UBER AND LYFT ON ADA'S 24TH ANNIVERSARY

The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) and ADAPT of Texas today filed over 30 lawsuits throughout Texas to enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

From Texas Civil Rights Project


July 24, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE RUTH JONES MCCLENDON: DFPS AND DSHA ARE UNSUNG

Whenever there is talk about a topic of interest that is not backed up by credible facts, people tend to make up the facts to fill that void.

From Representative Ruth Jones McClendon


July 24, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: IS SEN. DAVIS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF "PAY FOR PLAY" SCAM INSTITUTED BY TOP STRATEGISTS?

270 Strategies, Run By Jeremy Bird, Is “Asking Political Campaigners To Pay $5,000 Per Person For The Chance To Learn Their Secrets And Then Work For Five Weeks In An Unpaid Campaign Job.”

From Greg Abbott Campaign


July 24, 2014

WAYNE FAIRCLOTH CAMPAIGN: SENATOR LARRY TAYLOR ENDORSES WAYNE FAIRCLOTH

State Senator Larry Taylor, has endorsed Wayne Faircloth in his bid to be the next state representative for House District 23. Taylor, who represents Galveston County in the Texas Legislature, is a well-respected small businessman and conservative leader throughout the Gulf Coast.

From Wayne Faircloth Campaign


July 24, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY ANNOUNCES TEF INVESTMENTS BRINGING NEW CHARLES SCHWAB FACILITY TO EL PASO AND DEEPENING COMPANY'S ROOTS IN AUSTIN

Gov. Rick Perry has announced two Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) investments in The Charles Schwab Corporation, which is opening a new operations center in El Paso and strengthening its presence in Austin.

From Office of the Governor


July 24, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MARY GONZALEZ: TO HOST EDUCATION WORKING GROUPS IN EL PASO AND AUSTIN

In an effort to bring stakeholders in Texas public education together to discuss the problems facing our education system, the Office of State Representative Mary Gonzalez is hosting Education Working Groups in El Paso and Austin.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez


July 24, 2014

BRANDON CREIGHTON CAMPAIGN: CREIGHTON RECEIVES RECOMMENDATION FROM TEXAS PATRIOTS PAC

State Representative Brandon Creighton has received the sole recommendation from the influential Texas Patriots PAC for Senate District 4. In making their recommendation, the Texas Patriots PAC called Representative Creighton the “more experienced legislator with significant legislative skills that he demonstrated in the Texas House.

From Brandon Creighton Campaign


July 24, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: I WILL HOLD ALL STATE DEPARTMENT NOMINEES UNTIL QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED ABOUT ISRAELI FLIGHT BAN

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced that he will hold all State Department nominees until the Obama Administration answers questions about its unprecedented decision to cancel flights to Israel, while at the same time announcing continuing aid that will be funneled to the terrorist organization, Hamas.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 24, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MARY GONZALEZ: APPOINTED TO INTERIM COMMITTEE ON BORDER WAIT TIMES

Speaker Joe Straus has appointed State Representative Mary Gonzalez to the Interim Committee on Border Wait Times. Border wait times present many concerns for Texas.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez


July 24, 2014

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: COMMENTS ON REPORT HIGHLIGHTING REDUCTION IN ABORTION RATE

Today, Senator Sylvia Garcia (D- Houston) responded to a report by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, which found that the abortion rate in Texas has declined by 13%. The report also states that unintended pregnancies due to lack of access to reproductive care is also on the rise.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


July 24, 2014

SENATOR JANE NELSON: ANNOUNCES SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE DIRECTOR

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today announced Shannon Ghangurde will serve as the Senate Finance Committee's Director. Shannon has previously served as the Director of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

From Senator Jane Nelson


July 24, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER CHRISTI CRADDICK ATTENDS ASPEN INSTITUTE'S MODERN SHALE GAS AND OIL PRODUCTION FORUM

Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick contributed to a series of panel discussions on issues surrounding energy and the environment at the Aspen Institute’s Modern Shale Gas and Oil Production Forum in Aspen, Colo. this week.

From Texas Railroad Commission


July 24, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DONNA HOWARD: KICKS OFF WOMEN'S HEALTH TOUR

On Tuesday, Rep. Donna Howard led the El Paso stop of the Women's Health Tour, a statewide series of listening sessions hosted by Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives.

From Representative Donna Howard


July 24, 2014

ALLIANCE OF INDEPENDENT PHARMACISTS OF TEXAS: ENDORSES STATE SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER FOR RE-ELECTION

Today the Alliance of Independent Pharmacists of Texas (Alliance) endorsed Senator Charles Schwertner for re-election in Senate District 5 for his steadfast and enduring commitment to the independent pharmacy industry.

From Alliance of Independent Pharmacists of Texas


July 24, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE KENNETH SHEETS: STATEMENT ON NATIONAL GUARD BORDER DEPLOYMENT

Representative Kenneth Sheets released a statement regarding Governor Rick Perry's decision to deploy up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico Border to support ongoing law enforcement efforts to secure the border:

From Representative Kenneth Sheets


July 24, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE KAY GRANGER: RELEASES BORDER CRISIS WORKING GROUP RECOMMENDATIONS

Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the House Working Group to address the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border, issued the following statement announcing the group’s recommendations and solutions.

From Representative Kay Granger


July 24, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: DID PRESIDENT OBAMA JUST LAUNCH AN ECONOMIC BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL?

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today questioned the Obama Administration’s decision to ban flights to Israel while, at the same time, announcing continuing aid that will be funneled to the terrorist organization, Hamas. “Aiding Hamas while simultaneously isolating Israel does two things. One, it helps our enemy. Two, it hurts our ally,” said Sen. Cruz.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 24, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DAN FLYNN: REACTS TO BORDER SURGE, OPERATION STRONG SAFETY

On Monday, Gov. Rick Perry directed Texas Adjutant General John Nichols to immediately begin preparations for the deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border.

From Representative Dan Flynn


July 24, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: WENDY DAVIS, BATTLEGROUND TEXAS AND TEXAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY LAUNCH UNPRECEDENTED COORDINATED VOTER PROTECTION PROGRAM

The Wendy R. Davis for Governor Campaign, Battleground Texas and the Texas Democratic Party launched an unprecedented statewide voter protection program today. “I’ve spent my career fighting for hardworking Texans and against any effort to silence their voices in the voting booth,” said Senator Wendy Davis on a call with volunteers this morning.

From Battleground Texas


July 24, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: TEXAS AND SOUTHWESTERN CATTLE RAISERS ASSOCIATION ENDORSES DAN PATRICK

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, received the endorsement of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) for the upcoming general election in November.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


July 24, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS SEEKS EXTENSION OF ESEA WAIVER AND EXTENDS TEACHER, PRINCIPAL EVALUATION AND SUPPORT SYSTEMS PILOT

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan seeking an extension of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

From Texas Education Agency


July 24, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON WILLIAMS INSTITUTE'S REPORT ON THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN TEXAS

Today, the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law issued a report on the economic impact of legalizing same-sex marriage in Texas, and the results are substantial. According to the report, over the next three years, same-sex marriages in Texas would:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


July 24, 2014

STEVE BROWN CAMPAIGN: RACE FOR RAILROAD COMMISSIONER REVIVES OVERHAUL TALK

n case you missed it, today the Texas Tribune published an article on common sense reforms to the Railroad Commission. The article stated:

From Steve Brown Campaign


July 24, 2014

SENATOR KEL SELIGER: STATEMENT ON CURRENT BORDER CRISIS

On Monday, Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) made the following statement regarding Governor Rick Perry's plan to mobilize troops on the border. "The federal government has simply not done its job of ensuring national security by protecting the border.

From Senator Kel Seliger


July 24, 2014

THE TEXAS POLICY EVALUATION PROJECT: TEXAS STATE ABORTION RATE DECREASES 13 PERCENT SINCE IMPLEMENTATION OF RESTRICTIVE LAW

A new paper from The Texas Policy Evaluation Project demonstrates a 13% decline in the abortion rate in Texas and a sharp reduction in medical abortion since House Bill 2 (HB2) went into effect in November 2013.

From The Texas Policy Evaluation Project


July 22, 2014

CHARLES PERRY CAMPAIGN: REP. PERRY APPLAUDS GOVERNOR PERRY'S PROCLAMATION

"I'm thankful for Governor Perry's recent proclamation calling the September 9th special election. It's imperative that the Senate seat, vacated by Senator Duncan, is filled quickly.

From Charles Perry Campaign


July 22, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE TAN PARKER: SUPPORTS GOVERNOR PERRY'S DECISION TO ACTIVATE THE NATIONAL GUARD

Today Representative Tan Parker announced his support for Governor Rick Perry’s executive action to deploy up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border.

From Representative Tan Parker


July 22, 2014

TEXAS CATHOLIC CONFERENCE: STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES REGARDING REFUGEE FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

The Texas Catholic Conference today issued a letter to all members of the Texas Congressional delegation urging them to reach a policy consensus that compassionately and effectively addresses the humanitarian crisis along the southern border.

From Texas Catholic Conference


July 22, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT'S "SWEETHEART DEAL" WITH FARMERS INSURANCE IS "RAISING EYEBROWS" STATEWIDE

From Wendy Davis Campaign


July 22, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN: MAJORITY OF TEXAS VOTERS WANT TIGHTER IMMIGRATION LAWS, UT/TEXAS TRIBUNE POLL SHOWS

The current migrant crisis on the Texas border comes weeks after the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll found that many Texans believe immigration and border security are the two most important problems facing the state.

From The University of Texas at Austin


July 22, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE GARNET COLEMAN: PRESS STATEMENT

On Wednesday, June 22, two separate appeals courts weighed in on whether the ACA allows subsidies for insurance plans on exchanges operated by the federal government.

From Representative Garnet Coleman


July 22, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER 9 SPECIAL ELECTION FOR SENATE DISTRICT 28

Gov. Rick Perry today set Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, as the special election date to fill the Texas State Senate District 28 seat, vacated by Sen. Robert Duncan, who has left to serve as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System.

From Office of the Governor


July 22, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: THE TRUTH STILL HAS POWER, AND WE MUST SPEAK FOR LEOPOLDO LOPEZ

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, yesterday spoke on the Senate floor regarding President Nicolas Maduro’s disregard and persecution of Venezuelans who exercise their fundamental freedoms. Specifically, he highlighted the plight of Venezuelan dissident Leopoldo Lopez, who was imprisoned in February for speaking out against his government.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 22, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE HENRY CUELLAR: ANNOUNCES THAT BORDER TRADE ALLIANCE, SOUTH TEXAS PROPERTY RIGHTS ASSOCIATION ENDORSE HUMANE ACT

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) announced that the Border Trade Alliance and the South Texas Property Rights Association have endorsed the Humane Act, legislation jointly sponsored by Rep. Cuellar and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to address the border crisis.

From Representative Henry Cuellar


July 22, 2014

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: NEW REPORT SHOWS POOR CHILD WELL-BEING IN TEXAS REMAINS LARGELY UNCHANGED

A new national data analysis by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows Texas is still within the bottom 10 states to be a kid and more than 1 in 4 Texas children live in poverty.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


July 22, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: HALBIG DECISION IS A 'REPUDIATION OF OBAMACARE AND ALL THE LAWLESSNESS THAT COMES WITH IT'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the Halbig v. Burwell decision: "The D.C. Circuit's decision today in Halbig v. Burwell is a repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it," said Sen. Cruz.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 22, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE KEVIN BRADY: HOUSE ACTS TO MAKE PERMANENT CHARITABLE GIVING TAX RULES

The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to pass another Ways and Means Committee bill which makes permanent several parts of the U.S. Tax Code relating to charitable giving.

From Representative Kevin Brady


July 21, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON DEATH OF SEAN CARMELI

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement following the death of Sean Carmeli, a Texan serving in the Israeli army. “On behalf of all Texans, I'd like to express to the Carmeli family our deepest condolences on the loss of Sean, who died valiantly fighting terrorism in defense of Israel.

From Office of the Governor


July 21, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DEBBIE RIDDLE: SUPPORTS NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYMENT TO TEXAS BORDER

Today, Governor Rick Perry announced he’ll deploy 1,000 National Guard Troops to the Texas-Mexico border. In response to the immigration crisis Gov. Perry has taken action while Washington D.C. bureaucrats and President Obama remain idle, continuing to give only lip service to the real issues facing Texans living on the border.

From Representative Debbie Riddle


July 21, 2014

MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS: STATEMENT ON DEPLOYMENT OF NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS TO TEXAS-MEXICO BORDER

Statement from MALC Chairman Trey Martinez Fischer: Most Texans believe this situation on our Southern border is first and foremost a humanitarian crisis that requires a global solution. Texas leaders must work in coordination with the federal government, in order to meet the needs of these refugees and responsibly address this extraordinary situation.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus


July 21, 2014

TEXANS FOR LAWSUIT REFORM PAC: MOSTYN CONTRIBUTIONS TO WENDY DAVIS TOP #3M

So far, personal injury trial lawyers Steve and Amber Mostyn have provided $2.75 million to Wendy Davis in her run for governor through contributions to her campaign, the Texas Victory Committee and Battleground Texas, which Davis also lists in her campaign contribution totals.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC


July 21, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ARMANDO WALLE: BLASTS GOV. PERRY'S NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYMENT

State Rep. Armando Walle (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to Gov. Rick Perry’s planned deployment of National Guard troops in south Texas. “Today's announcement from the Governor is a cheap attempt to militarize the border.

From Representative Armando Walle


July 21, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: PAXTON RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR PERRY'S DECISION TO DEPLOY TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD

Shortly after Governor Perry’s press conference announcing his decision to deploy the Texas National Guard, Ken Paxton, Republican nominee for Texas Attorney General issued the following statement: “I applaud Governor Perry’s decision to deploy the National Guard as a force multiplier to the Texas border.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


July 21, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE RESPONDS TO CALL FOR NATIONAL GUARD ON BORDER

Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Chair of the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee, and Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, after many conversations with local, state, and federal law enforcement officials, faith and community leaders, and touring operations along the Texas-Mexico border issued the following statement in response to Governor Perry’s deployment of the Texas National Guard:

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


July 21, 2014

COMMITTEE ON DEFENSE AND VETERANS AFFAIRS: CHAIRMAN MENENDEZ RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR PERRY'S CALL TO SEND 1,000 ADDITIONAL NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS TO THE BORDER

Today, Governor Rick Perry announced he will send 1,000 National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley. This is in addition to the $1.3 million per week that was allocated for Texas Department of Public Safety's Operation Strong Safety.

From Committee on Defense and Veterans Affairs


July 21, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON PROPOSAL TO MILITARIZE THE BORDER WITH 1,000 NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS

State Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement regarding the proposal by Texas Governor Rick Perry: This is an abuse of power by the Governor for political gain in his ambitious quest for the presidency. The Governor is spreading misinformation regarding the safety of the border in order to justify the deployment of troops and the expenditure of scarce public resources.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


July 21, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST STATEMENT ON THE TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYMENT

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst joined Governor Rick Perry, and Attorney General Greg Abbott in a press conference announcing a Texas National Guard deployment to help secure the Texas border. Dewhurst issued the following statement in regard to the announcement:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


July 21, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE CHARLES PERRY: STATEMENT ON BORDER SECURITY

Representative Charles Perry released a statement regarding Governor Rick Perry's decision to authorize use of up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to be deployed to the Texas-Mexico Border.

From Representative Charles Perry


July 21, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR PERRY'S ANNOUNCEMENT TO DEPLOY 1,000 NATIONAL GUARD

Today, Governor Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus directed that 1000 National Guard Troops be deployed along the border area. The purpose of this operation and the millions in funding is to aid in DPS' recent border surge entitled "Operation Stronghold."

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


July 21, 2014

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR'S ACTIONS TO MILITARIZE IMMIGRATION INFLUX

Today, Senator Sylvia R. Garcia reacted to news that Governor Perry is sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. Senator Garcia released the following statement regarding today’s action:

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


July 21, 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON THE NATIONAL GUARD BEING DEPLOYED TO THE BORDER

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued the following statement regarding the decision announced today to deploy the National Guard to the Texas-Mexico border: “I applaud Governor Perry for providing the decisive leadership needed to address this crisis.

From Attorney General of Texas


July 21, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: STATEMENT

Speaker Joe Straus offered the following comment regarding the deployment of Texas National Guard Troops to the Border: "As the costs associated with securing the border continue to escalate, the House will consider all options to address the Governor's emergency declaration.

From Speaker Joe Straus


July 21, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS CALLS FOR EMERGENCY SESSION TO PUT MORE DEPUTY SHERIFFS ON THE BORDER

Today, Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis issued the following statement in response to Governor Rick Perry's announcement to deploy National Guard units to the border while local law enforcement is calling for additional deputy sheriffs:

From Wendy Davis Campaign


July 21, 2014

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT: CONDEMNS GOVERNOR'S DISPATCH OF NATIONAL GUARD TO BORDER HUMANITARIAN CRISIS AND "POLITICAL GAMESMANSHIP"

TCRP Director Jim Harrington today condemned Gov. Perry’s announcement of sending 1,000 National Guard patrol the border as “ill-conceived” and “playing political gamesmanship with a humanitarian crisis.”

From Texas Civil Rights Project


July 21, 2014

SENATOR KEL SELIGER: APPOINTED TO JOINT INTERIM COMMITTEE TO STUDY EDUCATION FOR A SKILLED WORKFORCE

On Friday, Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) was appointed by Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst to serve as co-chair of the Joint Interim Committee to Study Education for a Skilled Workforce.

From Senator Kel Seliger


July 21, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE FILEMON VELA: OPPOSES NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYMENT

U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville) released the following statement today: “One of the primary objections I have to the Cornyn-Cuellar border plan is its support for militarization of the southern border.

From Representative Filemon Vela


July 21, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY DEPLOYS TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS TO BORDER

Gov. Rick Perry today directed Texas Adjutant General John Nichols to immediately begin preparations for the deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. These troops will support the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) ongoing law enforcement surge, Operation Strong Safety, which is focused on combatting criminal activity in the region resulting from the federal government’s failure to adequately secure the border.

From Office of the Governor


July 21, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: IT'S TIME TO MOBILIZE THE NATIONAL GUARD

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, just back from a tour of state and federal operations along the Texas-Mexico border has issued the following statement:

From Dan Patrick Campaign


July 21, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: A FALSE PROMISE OF AMNESTY IF THE OPPOSITE OF COMPASSIONATE; WE NEED TO FIX THE PROBLEM

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today spoke on Fox News Sunday about the ongoing immigration crisis and the bill he recently introduced to address it. He also discussed what steps should be taken to stop President Putin’s aggression in Ukraine.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 21, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst announced appointments for several boards and committees. Many of these positions were vacated by Senators who will not be returning for the 84th Legislative Session.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


July 18, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: KONNI AND A CROOK

This Saturday, Konni Burton, Republican Tea Party candidate for Senate District 10 will appear at a public event with embattled GOP Attorney General candidate and admitted criminal Ken Paxton.

From Lone Star Project


July 18, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY ANNOUNCES TEF INVESTMENT FOR OMNITRACS HEADQUARTERS RELOCATION

Gov. Rick Perry has announced a Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) investment of $3.9 million in Omnitracs LLC, which is relocating its headquarters from San Diego, California to Dallas, creating 450 jobs and $10 million in capital investment.

From Office of the Governor


July 18, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DONNA HOWARD: LEADS TEXAS WOMEN'S HEALTH TOUR

Rep. Donna Howard today announced that she will be leading a statewide series of Listening Sessions on women's health issues. The Women's Health Tour, sponsored by Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives, will host sessions in seven cities: El Paso, Dallas, McAllen, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Houston, and Galveston.

From Representative Donna Howard


July 18, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON THE USE OF COMMON CORE IN AP US HISTORY

oday, Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, issued the following statement on the use of Common Core in AP US History in Texas.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


July 18, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE OSCAR LONGORIA: TO HOST JOINT INTERIM COMMITTEE HEARING TO STUDY HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN LA JOYA

As part of the continued efforts of the State of Texas to combat human trafficking, State Representative Oscar Longoria will host the appointed Joint Interim Committee To Study Human Trafficking for a hearing in the Rio Grande Valley on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Nellie Schunior Central Administration Building, 201 W. Expressway 83, La Joya, Texas 78560.

From Representative Oscar Longoria


July 18, 2014

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: NAMED CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

In a televised interview late yesterday, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst announced that he had selected State Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) to serve as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


July 18, 2014

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: NAMED TO SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst appointed State Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) to serve as member of the Senate Finance Committee, the powerful 15-member legislative body responsible for writing the Senate's version of the biennial budget for the State of Texas.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


July 18, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: LAUNCHES FEDERAL GRANT FLEXIBILITY INITIATIVE

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has launched a federal grant flexibility initiative aimed at providing increased flexibility to grantees, including school districts, charter schools, education service centers, colleges and universities and non-profit entities that receive certain federal education grants administered through TEA.

From Texas Education Agency


July 18, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: STATEMENT ON SENATE FINANCE CHAIR APPOINTMENT

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst appointed Senator Jane Nelson to serve as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. Senator Hinojosa released the following statement: "I congratulate Senator Jane Nelson's historic appointment as the first woman to chair the Senate Finance Committee.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


July 17, 2014

SENATOR JANE NELSON: APPOINTED CHAIR OF FINANCE COMMITTEE

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today was named Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, becoming the first woman in Texas legislative history to chair a standing budget-writing committee.

From Senator Jane Nelson


July 17, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST APPOINTS SENATE FINANCE CHAIR

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst appointed Senator Jane Nelson to serve Texas taxpayers as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee and named additional members of the Senate Finance Committee and the Legislative Budget Board.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


July 17, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DWAYNE BOHAC: ANNOUNCES EXCITING QUALITY OF LIFE IMPROVEMENTS IN WEST HOUSTON

State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) is pleased to announce that major Class A office, retail and residential improvements are coming to West Houston. MetroNational, Hines, the Spring Branch Management District and TIRZ 17 are working in conjunction to add exciting mixed-use space in the Spring Branch and Memorial areas.

From Representative Dwayne Bohac


July 17, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: STOP OBAMA'S AMNESTY TO STOP THE BORDER CRISIS

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced legislation to prevent the Obama Administration from using any taxpayer funds to expand DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and from continuing to lawlessly grant amnesty and work permits to new immigrants who enter the country illegally.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 17, 2014

JOHN BUCY CAMPAIGN: BUCY OUT RAISES INCUMBENT DALE IN HD 136 RACE

On Wednesday, Texas politicians released their campaign finance reports, and one local contest stands out among them. In the race for Texas State Representative for House District 136 (Northwest Austin, Cedar Park, Leander, and Brushy Creek), challenger John Bucy (D), raised twice as much money as the incumbent, Rep. Tony Dale (R).

From John Bucy Campaign


July 17, 2014

INSURANCE COUNCIL OF TEXAS: GENTRY HONORED WITH RAYMOND MAUK AWARD

Rick Gentry, former Executive Director for the Insurance Council of Texas for 17 years, was presented the Raymond Mauk Leadership Award Thursday, July 17, in Austin, at the 22nd Annual Insurance Council of Texas Mid-Year Property and Casualty Symposium. Gentry becomes the seventeenth recipient of the prestigious award.

From Insurance Council of Texas


July 17, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE BRANDON CREIGHTON: CALLS FOR LOOSENING OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS TO ENHANCE BORDER SECURITY

State Representative Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) today called on the federal government to loosen the regulations that are providing an “invisible highway” for illegal aliens pouring over the Texas border.

From Representative Brandon Creighton


July 17, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: PATRICK EARNS TEXAS CIVIL JUSTICE LEAGUE ENDORSEMENT

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, received the endorsement of the Texas Civil Justice League today.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


July 17, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: WHERE HAS DAN PATRICK BEEN?

Yesterday Tea Party Republican nominee for Lt. Governor Dan Patrick hosted his first public event in more than a month. Before disappearing, Patrick was being pounded for his divisive anti-Hispanic rhetoric.

From Lone Star Project


July 17, 2014

LOIS KOLKHORST CAMPAIGN: ANNOUNCES OVER $792,000 CASH ON HAND IN JULY REPORT

Wednesday, the Lois Kolkhorst campaign reported $792,000 cash on hand on her July 15th campaign finance report showing where elected officials and candidates for state offices stand after the first half of the year. This total is an increase of over $250,000 from the last report filed by the campaign in January of 2014.

From Lois Kolkhorst Campaign


July 17, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MARISA MARQUEZ: WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE EL PASO LISTENING SESSION ON WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES

State Rep. Marisa Márquez (D-El Paso) will be participating in a July 22nd Listening Session on women's health issues at the El Paso Community College. The session, free and open to the public, will serve as the El Paso stop of a statewide, seven-city Women's Health Tour hosted by Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives.

From Representative Marisa Marquez


July 17, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: TEXAS SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS PROPERTY RIGHTS

When I was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives, I was told of a troubling incident involving violation of private property rights right here in South Texas. The basis of the story is that an individual was trespassing on private property and got hurt.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


July 17, 2014

KATHIE GLASS CAMPAIGN: GLASS REACHES HALFWAY POINT ON TEXAS 254 COUNTY TOUR

Kathie Glass, Libertarian for Texas Governor, stopped at her 127th county Wednesday, reaching the halfway point of her plan to campaign in all 254 counties in Texas.

From Kathie Glass Campaign


July 17, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: SEN. DAVIS MISLEADS TEXANS, CLAIMS "NON-TRADITIONAL" ACCOUNTING METHODS

In response to reports that Sen. Wendy Davis’ recent campaign finance filing is rife with inaccurate numbers and “unorthodox accounting,” Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch released the following statement:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


July 17, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: VOLUNTEERS MAKE 2 MILLION PHONE CALLS FOR WENDY DAVIS

As of Wednesday night, volunteers have now made more than two million phone calls on behalf of Wendy Davis’s Gubernatorial campaign. “I’m just so excited to be here for the two millionth call,” said Ariel Stevenson, a teacher and volunteer with the Wendy Davis campaign.

From Battleground Texas


July 16, 2014

BRANDON CREIGHTON CAMPAIGN: CREIGHTON TAKES CONSERVATIVE MESSAGE TO THE AIRWAVES

Just weeks before the August 5th runoff election for Senate District 4, effective conservative Brandon Creighton today released a new campaign advertisement focusing on his track record of leadership on issues that matter to Texans, including halting the Obamacare-driven expansion of Medicaid in Texas.

From Brandon Creighton Campaign


July 16, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DREW DARBY: APPOINTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE BUDGET BOARD

Yesterday, State Representative Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) was appointed to the Legislative Budget Board by House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio).

From Representative Drew Darby


July 16, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: TESTIFIES ON DISENFRANCHISEMENT OF TEXAS' GROWING HISPANIC POPULATION

Today, State Senator José Rodríguez testified in front of a three-judge panel in a San Antonio federal district court regarding the state House district map passed in 2011 by the Texas Legislature.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


July 16, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: PATRICK ADDRESSED 86TH ANNUAL FFA TEXAS STATE CONVENTION

Today, Dan Patrick, Republican nominee for Lt. Governor, addressed a crowd of over 11,000 students, parents and teachers at the annual FFA Texas State Convention in Fort Worth. His remarks were well received by the audience as he stressed various educational hurdles facing Texas.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


July 16, 2014

TDP: DAN PATRICK RESURFACES

Today, Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, spoke to the 86th Annual FFA Texas State Convention. This was Patrick’s first public event since the Republican Party of Texas’ state convention in early June.

From Texas Democratic Party


July 16, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: COLLIER TO KICK OFF STATEWIDE "TEXAS WATCHDOG" TOUR

Mike Collier, the Democratic nominee for Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, the state’s top accountant and fiscal watchdog, is launching the Texas Watchdog Tour - a two week venture that will stop in 36 cities across Texas.

From Mike Collier Campaign


July 16, 2014

MOSTYN LAW FIRM: STEVE MOSTYN TO LARRY TAYLOR: YOU ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW

A State Senator and insurance agent described in sworn testimony as "hostile" and "adversarial" is on the defensive after a judge's ruling should force him to respond to allegations of abuse of power to influence a state agency.

From Mostyn Law Firm


July 16, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: DEMOCRATS DECLARE WAR ON THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today spoke on the Senate floor about the war the Democrats have waged on religious liberty, particularly the Catholic Church.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 16, 2014

ANNIE'S LIST: ENDORSED CANDIDATES DEMONSTRATE FUNDRAISING STRENGTH

In June 30 fundraising reports filed yesterday, Annie’s List candidates demonstrated a groundswell of support for campaigns across the state.

From Annie's List


July 16, 2014

MARY ANN PEREZ CAMPAIGN: OUTRAISES OPPONENT BY 356%

State House Representative Mary Ann Perez, running for reelection in HD 144, outraised her opponent by 356%, according to June 30 financial reports.

From Mary Ann Perez Campaign


July 16, 2014

TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD: TO HOLD WORK SESSIONS IN SAN ANTONIO, SAN ANGELO AND FORT WORTH

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will be holding Board work sessions around the state over the next two months to solicit comments on draft rules for the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas (SWIRFT).

From Texas Water Development Board


July 16, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: SHOT/CHASER: GREG ABBOTT TOOK ANOTHER $25,000 BEFORE RULING TO KEEP THE LOCATIONS OF DANGEROUS CHEMICALS SECRET

For those keeping track at home, that's $100,000 from the Kochs before Greg Abbott ruled to keep the locations of danger chemicals secret.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


July 16, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE HELEN GIDDINGS: NELSON MANDELA'S BIRTHDAY IS REASON TO CELEBRATE

Representative Helen Giddings (D-Dallas) will host Nelson Mandela International Day at St. Luke "Community" United Methodist Church located at 5710 E R.L. Thorton FWY, Dallas, Texas 75223 on Friday, July 18, 2014 from 6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m. This event is to commemorate one of history’s most revered human rights activists, South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years for his efforts to end South African apartheid.

From Representative Helen Giddings


July 16, 2014

JODEY ARRINGTON CAMPAIGN: RAISES MORE THAN $200K DURING FIRST TEN DAYS OF CAMPAIGN

Today, Texans for Jodey Arrington announced that the campaign raised more than $200,000 during the last ten days of June.

From Jodey Arrington Campaign


July 16, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: ISRAEL'S FIGHT AGAINST RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM, AND THE IRANIAN REGIME THAT SUPPORTS IT, IS OUR FIGHT AS WELL

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas spoke today on the Senate floor about the urgent need to reverse the longstanding and misguided Obama-Clinton-Kerry policy towards Israel laid out in a speech by Obama advisor Philip Gordon in Tel Aviv last week.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 16, 2014

LIBBY WILLIS CAMPAIGN: WILLIS' JUNE 30 REPORT SHOWCASES CAMPAIGN MOMENTUM

The June 30 finance report Libby Willis filed today showcases her campaign's momentum in the race for Senate District 10. Libby Willis has raised more than $200,000 and has more than $100,000 cash on hand, over twice the amount maintained by her opponent.

From Libby Willis Campaign


July 16, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: STATEMENT FROM CHANCELLOR CIGARROA REGARDING FISHER V. THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Please see the following statement from The University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., regarding today’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the case of Fisher v. The University of Texas.

From The University of Texas System


July 15, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS: PRESIDENT RESPONDS TO COURT RULING IN FISHER CASE

Following is a statement from University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers regarding today’s court ruling in the case of Fisher versus University of Texas. The ruling relates to the use of ethnicity as one factor in determining college admissions.

From The University of Texas


July 15, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: NAMES THREE MEMBERS TO BUDGET BOARD

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus today appointed three legislators to fill openings on the Legislative Budget Board (LBB). Speaker Straus named Reps. Drew Darby of San Angelo, John Otto of Dayton and John Zerwas of Simonton to serve on the LBB until the next Legislature convenes.

From Speaker Joe Straus


July 15, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: SUPPORTS CONSERVATIVE STATE BUDGET

State Senator Donna Campbell expressed her support for the budget recommendations outlined by Texans for a Conservative Budget coalition. The coalition recommended a conservative spending increase of 6.2% over the next two years – a number derived from the projected growth in Texas’ population plus inflation – during an Austin press conference earlier today.

From Senator Donna Campbell


July 15, 2014

KATHIE GLASS CAMPAIGN: GLASS TO ATTEND AUSTIN BORDER CRISIS PRESS CONFERENCE WEDNESDAY

Kathie Glass, Libertarian for Texas Governor, will attend the border crisis press conference at the State Capitol tomorrow morning, Wednesday, July 16 at 11:00 a.m. The press conference will be in the Speaker's Committee Room 2W.6 (2nd floor - west wing - room 6) of the State Capitol.

From Kathie Glass Campaign


July 15, 2014

STEVE BROWN CAMPAIGN: BROWN CHALLENGES OPPONENT TO ACCEPT COMMON SENSE REFORMS TO TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION

Steve Brown, Democratic nominee for Railroad Commissioner, is calling on his opponent, Ryan Sitton, to join him in supporting five common sense reforms to the Railroad Commission.

From Steve Brown Campaign


July 15, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT SHATTERS RECORD, REPORTS $35.59 MILLION CASH ON HAND FOR CAMPAIGN

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott today released fundraising data for the most recent reporting period, including: $35.59 million cash on hand for the fundraising period ending on June 30th – the highest cash on hand amount ever reported by a Texas candidate.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


July 15, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE FOUR PRICE: STATEMENT REGARDING WORK OF THE SUNSET ADVISORY COMMISSION

Texas State Representative Four Price, who serves as Vice Chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission, issued the following statement regarding the work of the Sunset Advisory Commission. “The Sunset Advisory Commission held hearings at the State Capitol on June 24th and 25th with much of the focus pertaining to the staff report recommendations on four state health agencies commonly known as DARS, DFPS, DSHS, and DADS.

From Representative Four Price


July 15, 2014

TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: TMA REPEATS: PRESIDENT OBAMA, LET PRIVATE DOCS HELP CARE FOR VETERANS

Calling it a “life or death issue,” Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Austin I. King, MD, is repeating his urgent request for President Barack Obama to take immediate action to enable private physicians to care for U.S. veterans.

From Texas Medical Association


July 15, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: CALLS S.1696 'EXTREME LEGISLATION'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today made the following remarks in the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding S. 1696, legislation that is so overly broad it could be used to prohibit most, if not every, abortion regulation currently in effect.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 15, 2014

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: SBOE POLITICS AS USUAL: TEXTBOOK REVIEW ONCE AGAIN CORRUPTED BY LACK OF EXPERTISE

A Texas Freedom Network analysis has revealed that numerous qualified scholars were bypassed for appointment to official state panels assigned to review proposed social studies textbooks for Texas public schools this year.

From Texas Freedom Network


July 15, 2014

THE CONSERVATIVE TEXAS BUDGET COALITION: RELEASES THE CONSERVATIVE TEXAS BUDGET REPORT

The Texas Public Policy Foundation joined its allies in the Conservative Texas Budget coalition today in the release of The Conservative Texas Budget. This report establishes recommended limits on the growth of state funds and all funds for the 2016-17 biennium.

From The Conservative Texas Budget Coalition


July 15, 2014

KATHIE GLASS CAMPAIGN: FILES NOTABLE CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT

Today Kathie Glass, Libertarian candidate for Texas governor, filed her campaign finance report for the period ending June 2014 showing $55,000 in the bank.

From Kathie Glass Campaign


July 15, 2014

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: STATEMENT ON FIFTH CIRCUIT'S DECISION IN FAVOR OF CONFEDERATE LICENSE PLATES

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to yesterday's U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit split decision ruling that Texas must issue Confederate battle flag license plates:

From Senator Rodney Ellis


July 15, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE MEETS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AND TOURS CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION DETENTION FACILITY IN BROWNSVILLE

Today, in her official capacity, Senator Leticia Van de Putte met with local law enforcement officials, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents regarding the humanitarian challenges in South Texas.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


July 15, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: CONTINUES PLUGGING ORPHANED WELLS AND SITE REMEDIATION

In Fiscal Year 2014, the Railroad Commission of Texas has plugged 428 orphaned wells and performed 117 site remediation and cleanup activities, which included plugging five offshore orphaned wells.

From Texas Railroad Commission


July 11, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ED THOMPSON: PATROLS U.S. - MEXICO BORDER WITH DPS

State Representative Ed Thompson traveled with The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to the Texas-Mexico border on Wednesday to meet with DPS leadership and witness first-hand the border security crisis our nation is currently facing.

From Representative Ed Thompson


July 14, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: PATRICK FUNDRAISING TOTALS CLIMB

Texas State Senator Dan Patrick, Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, released his fundraising totals ahead of his report due tomorrow with the Texas Ethics Commission.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


July 14, 2014

WAYNE FAIRCLOTH CAMPAIGN: AUTOPAC ENDORSES WAYNE FAIRCLOTH

The Texas Automobile Dealers PAC (AutoPAC) announced their support for Wayne Faircloth today in his general election campaign for House District 23.

From Wayne Faircloth Campaign


July 14, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: TEXAS WATER WELL NETWORK

Among the many benefits of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is a program known as the Texas Well Owner Network (TWON). TWON is traveling all over the state to provide trainings and screenings to well owners to ensure their water wells are safe to drink from and use.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


July 14, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: TX MEDIA ON GREG ABBOTT'S CHEMICAL LOCATION SCANDAL

Waco Herald Tribune: "Serious questions about his candidacy" Fort Worth Star Telegram: "Not befitting a candidate for governor" Houston Chronicle: "Contradicted himself" Texas Tribune: "Unforced error"

From Wendy Davis Campaign


July 14, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE HELEN GIDDINGS: SPOTLIGHT DFW FILM INDUSTRY

Representative Helen Giddings (D-Dallas), held her second film industry professional event on Monday, June 30, 2014 at the Hall of State at Fair Park in Dallas. The event was co-hosted with Dallas Film Commission ("DFC"), who provided an overview of all the programs and services they offer Dallas-Fort Worth area film industry professionals.

From Representative Helen Giddings


July 14, 2014

PETE GALLEGO CAMPAIGN: VIDEO: STAND WITH TEXAS VETERANS

This morning the Gallego for Congress campaign released a video ad featuring several Texas veterans denouncing a controversial and misleading Koch Bros attack ad currently on the air in TX23.

From Pete Gallego Campaign


July 14, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: GREG ABBOTT FOR GOVERNOR HITS THE SILVER SCREEN

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott hit the silver screen in a 30-second advertisement that will run in two dozen theaters across the state.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


July 14, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT UNVEILS JOBS FOR VETERANS INITIATIVES

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott today unveiled a new set of policy proposals that will expand job opportunities for Texas veterans.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


July 14, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DREW SPRINGER: OBSERVES BORDER CRISIS FIRST-HAND

Rep. Drew Springer traveled with fellow legislators this week to the Texas-Mexico border to witness the Texas Department of Public Safety's (DPS) escalated efforts in recent weeks. The Legislators were given the chance to see first-hand the operations in action via air, water, and ground.

From Representative Drew Springer


July 11, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: CHAIRMAN SMITHERMAN SENDS PLEA TO CITY OF DENTON REGARDING BAN ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

Railroad Commission of Texas Chairman Barry Smitherman has sent a letter to the mayor and council members for the City of Denton requesting that they not approve a petition that would ban the use of hydraulic fracturing inside the Denton city limits.

From Texas Railroad Commission


July 11, 2014

TDP: CONGRESSMAN PETE GALLEGO STANDS WITH TEXAS VETERANS

Today, Congressman Pete Gallego’s campaign for Congress launched "Stand With Texas Veterans," a multimedia ad campaign. At StandWithTexasVets, Texans can endorse Rep. Gallego’s campaign and read about local Texas veterans in print ads, videos and at events.

From Texas Democratic Party


July 11, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: WEEKLY WRAP UP: DAVIS FINISHES SEVEN-CITY "TEXAS DESERVE TO KNOW" TOUR TOMORROW

This week, Wendy Davis traveled across the state for a seven-city "Texans Deserve to Know" tour to speak with Texans about their right to know where hazardous chemicals are stored in their communities - a right that Greg Abbott denied them after receiving tens of thousands of dollars from the chemical industry.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


July 11, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY IN SUPPORT OF ISRAEL

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement supporting Israel in its ongoing conflict with Hamas: “Israel has an absolute right and responsibility to defend its people against any and all terrorist attacks, including the vicious rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups against civilian targets in Israel’s cities and towns.

From Office of the Governor


July 11, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VISITS WITH VETERANS AND RELEASES "HONORING THOSE WHO PROTECT US" TEXAS FIRST POLICY PROPOSALS

Today, before speaking to veterans and guests at the American Legion, Department of Texas 96th Annual Department Convention as chair of the Texas Senate committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, Senator Leticia Van de Putte released her first set of policy proposals to honor the service of Texas veterans and their families.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


July 11, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE HENRY CUELLAR: ENCOURAGED BY MEETING OF MEXICAN, GUATEMALAN PRESIDENTS & ANNOUNCEMENT OF 5 POINT PLAN TO DISCUSS BORDER CRISIS

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) today commended this week’s meeting of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina at the Mexican southern border to discuss the Central American immigration crisis.

From Representative Henry Cuellar


July 11, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: GROWING NUMBER OF CANDIDATES JOIN FIGHT FOR TEXANS' RIGHT TO KNOW

Building on the momentum of Wendy Davis’ seven-city “Texans Deserve to Know” tour, a growing number of candidates are speaking out against Greg Abbott’s decision to prevent the state from disclosing whether dangerous chemicals are being stored near our homes, places of work, grocery stores or children’s schools.

From Battleground Texas


July 11, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE RYAN GUILLEN: TO HOST COMMUNITY SUMMIT

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-District 31) is set to host the 2014 South Texas Community Summit at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on July 24-26. Aimed at facilitating informative presentations on decisive issues, the theme for this year's summit is Keeping Communities Ahead of the Curve.

From Representative Ryan Guillen


July 11, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE PETE GALLEGO: LAUNCHES "STAND WITH TEXAS VETERAN" CAMPAIGN

Today, the Gallego for Congress campaign launched a "Stand With Texas Veterans" multimedia ad campaign in response to a controversial and misleading attack ad currently running on some TV stations in TX23.

From Representative Pete Gallego


July 11, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MARY GONZALEZ: CONTINUES TO CHAMPION HOUSE DISTRICT 75

During election years, coverage of our elected officials can become hyper-focused on the negative. Though it is important to hold our representatives accountable, it is equally important to make sure the people of El Paso County are informed about the positive work their legislators do for them.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez


July 10, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE KENNETH SHEETS: VISITS TEXAS-MEXICO BORDER

From Representative Kenneth Sheets


July 10, 2014

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES: GREG ABBOTT: BAD FOR TEXAS WOMEN, BAD FOR TEXAS

Today Greg Abbott held a press conference and stated that he’s good for Texas women. Response Statement from Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: “Greg Abbott has proven himself to be dangerous for Texas women.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


July 10, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: KCBD: LUBBOCK DEMOCRATS CHALLENGE ABBOTT OVER EXPLOSIVE CHEMICAL LOCATIONS

Lubbock Democrats will be meeting at their party office headquarters at 11 a.m. Thursday to express their concern about Greg Abbott's decision "to keep secret the locations of facilities storing hazardous and potentially lethal chemicals."

From Wendy Davis Campaign


July 10, 2014

ANNIE'S LIST: RESPONDS TO GREG ABBOTT'S PRESS CONFERENCE ON WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESSES

Today, Annie’s List Interim Executive Director Patsy Woods Martin released the following statement responding to Attorney General Greg Abbott’s press conference on woman-owned businesses in Texas:

From Annie's List


July 10, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: REGENTS APPROVE MEDICAL SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE BETTER HEALTH CARE FOR TRAVIS COUNTY RESIDENTS

The University of Texas System Board of Regents Thursday unanimously approved an affiliation agreement between UT Austin, Central Health and the Community Care Collaborative that establishes an innovative model for improving the delivery and quality of health care in Travis County.

From The University of Texas System


July 10, 2014

SENATOR KIRK WATSON: UT, CENTRAL HEALTH FINALIZE AGREEMENT ON MEDICAL SCHOOL

The following is a statement from Sen. Kirk Watson in response to Thursday's vote by the University of Texas System Board of Regents to approve an agreement with Central Health: With today's vote, the University of Texas and Central Health have cemented their partnership to create a healthier future for our community, state and beyond.

From Senator Kirk Watson


July 10, 2014

WAYNE FAIRCLOTH CAMPAIGN: CONGRESSMAN RANDY WEBER ENDORSES WAYNE FAIRCLOTH FOR GENERAL ELECTION

Congressman Randy Weber endorsed Wayne Faircloth in his bid for state representative today. Faircloth has pledged to work closely with Weber on issues to improve the lives of every Gulf Coast resident.

From Wayne Faircloth Campaign


July 10, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT TOUTS TEXAS ECONOMY AT PRESS CONFERENCE IN AUSTIN

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott held a press conference earlier to discuss Texas' economic success and highlight women in business.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


July 10, 2014

TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD: APPROVES $1,000,000 IN GRANTS FOR WATER CONSERVATION EDUCATION PROJECTS

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved $1,000,000 in water conservation education grants. The grants will assist in the development of water conservation education and outreach programs across the state.

From Texas Water Development Board


July 10, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: OP-ED IN THE WASHINGTON TIMES: 'FAHRENHEIT 451' DEMOCRATS

Below is an op-ed penned by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, regarding efforts by Democrats to repeal free speech protections enshrined in the First Amendment. A Senate Judiciary Committee Markup of this legislation is NOW underway.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 10, 2014

TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD: APPROVES $2,920,000 IN FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Today, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved financial assistance for various water projects across the state. The three cities receiving financial assistance are all first-time customers at the TWDB.

From Texas Water Development Board


July 10, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: STATEMENT ON THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) released the following statement on the announcement that Bill Powers will remain President of UT-Austin until June 2015: "I want to commend Chairman Foster, Chancellor Cigarroa and President Powers for reaching a resolution that puts the University of Texas and its students first.

From Speaker Joe Straus


July 10, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: GOP STATE REP. BREAKS RANKS WITH GREG ABBOTT OVER HIS RULING TO KEEP CHEMICAL LOCATIONS SECRET

"My suspicion would be that there are chemicals that are stored even in this area right now that could pose some...that could potentially pose some harm to public health.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


July 10, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY PRESSES PRESIDENT OBAMA TO IMMEDIATELY SECURE SOUTHERN BORDER

Gov. Rick Perry today met with President Barack Obama to discuss the ongoing humanitarian and national security crises occurring along the Texas-Mexico border. In the meeting, Gov. Perry urged the president to undertake the necessary steps to secure the border and ease the crises.

From Office of the Governor


July 10, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: AMARILLO COMMUNITY MEMBERS CALL OUT GREG ABBOTT FOR DECISION TO KEEP DANGEROUS CHEMICAL LOCATIONS SECRET FROM TEXAS

Today at Little Bird Preschool in Amarillo, a group of concerned Amarillo citizens delivered harsh words to Greg Abbott regarding his decision to keep dangerous chemical locations secret from them and their fellow Texans.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


July 10, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE LON BURNAM: URGES NUKE WASTE COMMISSION TO PERFORM OVERSIGHT

State Representative Lon Burnam will on Thursday morning urge the Texas commission charged with supervising nuclear waste disposal to perform their lawful duties to properly oversee a west Texas dump in light of ongoing dump problems and a recent serious radioactive spill at a similar facility in New Mexico.

From Representative Lon Burnam


July 10, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS STATEMENT ON UT PRESIDENT BILL POWERS

Wendy Davis issued the following statement about UT Austin President Bill Powers: "I commend Bill Powers for his continued leadership at UT Austin and am pleased that he will be able to vacate his position on his own timetable.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


July 10, 2014

TEXAS COALITION FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION: APPLAUDS THOUGHTFUL, RESPONSIBLE AND ORDERLY TRANSITION OF LEADERSHIP

Following the news that UT Austin President Bill Powers will stay in office until June 2, 2015, the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education issued the following statement: “We congratulate and give our heartfelt thanks to all the leaders involved in achieving a successful resolution that is in the best interest of The University of Texas at Austin.

From Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education


July 9, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: STATEMENT FROM CHANCELLOR FRANCISCO G. CIGARROA, M.D. REGARDING UT AUSTIN PRESIDENT BILL POWERS

Today UT Austin President Bill Powers submitted a letter of resignation, effective June 2, 2015, and I have accepted it. President Powers, who has led great advancements for the University, has expressed a desire to remain in his position long enough to complete several important initiatives, lead the University through the upcoming legislative session, and allow for a smooth transition to new leadership.

From The University of Texas System


July 9, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: APPLAUDS CONFIRMATION OF MAYOR CASTRO AS NEXT SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Battleground Texas Executive Director Jenn Brown released the following statement today on the confirmation of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):

From Battleground Texas


July 9, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: PATRICK STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S TRIP TO TEXAS

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, called on President Obama to direct his attention to the public safety crisis on the Texas-Mexico border during his upcoming visit to Texas instead of focusing primarily on political fundraising.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


July 9, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: THIS IS A CRISIS OF THE PRESIDENT'S OWN MAKING

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border. “Amnesty is unfolding before our very eyes,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 9, 2014

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: STATEMENT ON BILL POWERS

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to news that University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers had submitted his letter of resignation, effective June 2, 2015. "I'm glad that a resolution was worked out that justifiably allows Bill to leave office at a time of his choosing and with his head held high.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


July 9, 2014

WAYNE FAIRCLOTH CAMPAIGN: ASSOCIATED BUILDERS & CONTRACTORS OF GREATER HOUSTON PAC SUPPORT WAYNE FAIRCLOTH FOR HOUSE DISTRICT 23

The Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Greater Houston PAC endorsed conservative Wayne Faircloth in his bid for State House District 23 today. ABC of Greater Houston PAC has over 450 member companies, which represent approximately 80,000 construction employees.

From Wayne Faircloth Campaign


July 9, 2014

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CONGRATULATE SECRETARY CASTRO

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to approve the nomination of San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. [San Antonio Express News, 7/9/2014] Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


July 9, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE PETE GALLEGO: STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT'S VISIT TO TEXAS, CURRENT SITUATION ON SOUTHERN BORDER

U.S. Representative Pete P. Gallego (D-Alpine) released the following statement today as the President heads to Texas: “The President's presence along the border would create an unneeded distraction by diverting law enforcement and other resources at a critical time. We don't need photo ops, we need action. The ball is in Congress' court to do this right.

From Representative Pete Gallego


July 9, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JOAQUIN CASTRO: STATEMENT ON CONFIRMATION OF JULIAN CASTRO AS HUD SECRETARY

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released this statement following the bipartisan confirmation of his brother Julian Castro as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Senate Confirmed Julian Castro as HUD Secretary with an overwhelmingly bipartisan 71-26 vote :

From Representative Joaquin Castro


July 9, 2014

JODEY ARRINGTON CAMPAIGN: JODY ARRINGTON, FORMER TEXAS TECH VICE CHANCELLOR AND LIFELONG WEST TEXAS CONSERVATIVE, FORMALLY ANNOUNCES FOR SENATE DISTRICT 28

Today,   former   Texas   Tech   Vice   Chancellor,   Senior   Advisor   to   President   George   W.   Bush,   and   lifelong   West   Texas   conservative   Jodey   Arrington   formally   announced   his   candidacy   in   the   Special   Election   to   replace   State   Senator   Robert  Duncan  (R-­?Lubbock).

From Jodey Arrington Campaign


July 9, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE PETE GALLEGO: HELPS PRESIDIO HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICS AND ROCKETRY CLUB TEACHER SECURE PERMANENT IMMIGRATION STATUS

U.S. Representative Pete P. Gallego (D-Alpine) congratulated Shella Condino, the Presidio High School Advanced Placement Physics teacher, on attaining permanent immigration status in the United States. Shella Condino is a nationally recognized physics teacher and was named aerospace teacher of the year in 2012.

From Representative Pete Gallego


July 9, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT RELEASES STATEMENT REGARDING PRES. OBAMA'S BORDER ROUNDTABLE IN DALLAS

In response to President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to address the current immigration crisis on our border and his arrival in Texas today to host a border roundtable in Dallas, Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott released the following statement:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


July 9, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: GREG ABBOTT IS IN WASHINGTON, DC TODAY RAISING BIG $$ FROM INSIDER DONORS AND FRIENDS

Statement from Matt Angle, Lone Star Project Director: “Greg Abbott's attempt to invoke terrorism fears to justify selling out Texas families on dangerous chemical disclosure is beyond cynical and shameful.

From Lone Star Project


July 8, 2014

TEXAS CABLE ASSOCIATION: ELECTS NEW BOARD OFFICERS

Members of the Texas Cable Association (TCA) Board of Directors have elected the 2014-2015 Executive Committee and Board of Directors for one-year terms. TCA has been the primary trade organization for cable operators in Texas since 1960.

From Texas Cable Association


July 8, 2014

TEXAS AFL-CIO: LABOR AND BUSINESS ON SAME PAGE ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

As the immigration crisis focuses attention on the Texas border, Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller issued this statement in support of comprehensive immigration reform:

From Texas AFL-CIO


July 8, 2014

SENATOR BRIAN BIRDWELL: COMMENTS ON WENDY DAVIS' POLITICIZING OF WEST TRAGEDY

In advance of Wendy Davis’ 2:30 p.m. press conference in Waco, State Senator Brian Birdwell (R- Granbury) released the following statement: “Texans deserve to know that during her six years and three legislative sessions as a state senator, Wendy Davis exerted no effort to alter or improve chemical storage practices in Texas.

From Senator Brian Birdwell


July 8, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: STATEMENT ON RNC PASSING ON DALLAS FOR 2016

Battleground Texas Executive Director Jenn Brown issued the following statement on today’s decision by the Republican National Committee to host its 2016 national convention in Cleveland instead of Dallas:

From Battleground Texas


July 8, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: RESPONDS TO RNC CONVENTION PASSING ON DALLAS

Today, Davis campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas issued the following statement: "A major role of the governor is to attract conventions, tourism and business to the state of Texas in order to create good paying jobs and boost the economy.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


July 8, 2014

JOHN BUCY CAMPAIGN: SURPASSES 30,000 DOORS IN COVERING 136TH DISTRICT

Working in neighborhoods of Brushy Creek and Leander on Tuesday evening, John H. Bucy III, Democratic nominee in Texas House District 136, joined his campaign team in surpassing 30,000 door knocks in their effort to meet the voters.

From John Bucy Campaign


July 8, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY ANNOUNCES TEF INVESTMENT TO HELP SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC EXPAND AND ADD JOBS IN EL PASO

Governor Rick Perry has announced a Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) investment of $750,000 in Schneider Electric for the expansion of its operations in El Paso, creating 193 new jobs and $7 million in capital investment.

From Office of the Governor


July 8, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DAN FLYNN: TEXAS CAN DRAMATICALLY REDUCE THE MARGINS TAX BY CLOSING THE ONLINE SALES TAX LOOPHOLE

A coalition of Texas state legislators, local community business leaders, policy leaders and Tea Party activists gathered in the Texas State Capitol today to discuss the findings of a study authored by economist Dr. Art Laffer that outlines a plan for Texas to significantly reduce the Margins Tax once Congress closes the online sales tax loophole that gives out-of-state and online retailers a competitive advantage over local businesses.

From Representative Dan Flynn


July 8, 2014

TDP: TEXAS REPUBLICANS ARE TOXIC FOR THE RNC

Today, the Republican National Committee announced that the 2016 Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland was chosen over Dallas. [Dallas Morning News, 7/8/2014]

From Texas Democratic Party


July 8, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON SEN. DAVIS' UPCOMING EVENTS

As Sen. Wendy Davis launches her “Texans Deserve to Know” tour today, Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch issued the following statement refuting Sen. Davis’ desperate claims regarding Greg Abbott’s recent ruling on the Texas Homeland Security Act:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


July 8, 2014

KELLY HANCOCK CAMPAIGN: SENATOR HANCOCK'S STATEMENT ON DAVIS CHEMICAL ACCESS PLAN AND BUS TOUR

"Senator Davis’s plan puts liberal activism ahead of public safety by making it easier for terrorists and criminals to find the precise location of explosive chemicals for use in attacks like Oklahoma City.”

From Kelly Hancock Campaign


July 8, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT WITHHOLDING MORE INFORMATION

Greg Abbott’s call for Texas families to “drive around” to ask companies if they are storing dangerous chemicals is more than a verbal gaffe or a political misstep. It reflects disdain for the disclosure of any information Abbott believes might be damaging to himself or his political allies.

From Lone Star Project


July 8, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: TEXAS NOT A PRIORITY FOR PRES. OBAMA AND SEN. DAVIS

Prior to President Obama's upcoming visit to Texas, Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch released the following statement highlighting Sen. Wendy Davis’ desire to avoid her political and ideological ally while still sharing the same priorities:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


July 8, 2014

KEN MERCER: COLLEGE BOARD REWRITES US HISTORY

On July 4th we witnessed nationwide patriotism honoring our Founding Fathers and the sacrifices of our courageous men and women in uniform. This must have annoyed David Coleman, the chief architect of the controversial Common Core national standards, and many of his College Board (CB) colleagues.

From Ken Mercer


July 7, 2014

SENATOR LARRY TAYLOR: DENOUNCES BIASED RULING

State Senator Larry Taylor (R – Friendswood) denounced a preliminary ruling issued late Friday by State District Judge Bret Griffin allowing plaintiff attorney and Democratic Party mega donor Steve Mostyn to take Taylor’s deposition in a lawsuit against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA).

From Senator Larry Taylor


July 7, 2014

STEVE BROWN CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON OKLAHOMA STUDY LINKING EARTHQUAKES TO FRACKING

A new study linking Oklahoma earthquakes to fracking wastewater wells was released last week (Sharp increase in central Oklahoma seismicity since 2008 induced by massive wastewater injection. Science Mag, 7/3/2014).

From Steve Brown Campaign


July 7, 2014

TEXAS COALITION FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION: RESPONSE TO ULTIMATUM

The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement in response to the ultimatum given to UT Austin President Bill Powers that he resign or be fired: “We are profoundly disturbed by the recent turn of events.

From Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education


July 7, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS ALCALA TO TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Dora G. Alcala of Del Rio to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2015. The board sets policies and coordinates efforts to improve higher education in Texas.

From Office of the Governor


July 7, 2014

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: STATEMENT ON STATE BAR ACTION REGARDING CHARLES SEBESTA

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement regarding news that the State Bar of Texas has found just cause to pursue disciplinary action against Charles Sebesta, the prosecutor that oversaw the wrongful conviction of Anthony Graves.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


July 7, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE PONCHO NEVAREZ: PLANS LEGISLATIVE ACTION AGAINST ATTORNEY GENERAL'S CHEMICAL COVER UP

Attorney General and Republican Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has had an easy road down the campaign highway leading the polls against Democrat candidate Wendy Davis, but has recently come under fire that could shift the momentum.

From Representative Poncho Nevarez


July 7, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: RESOURCES FOR A TEXAS TRAVEL SUMMER

As you and your family begin to take those summer vacations, consider the many adventures in our own backyard. The Texas Historical Commission has a website, www.texastimetravel.com, that features Texas Heritage Trail regions.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


July 7, 2014

CITIZENS AGAINST LAWSUIT ABUSE: NEW STUDY FINDS LOW RATES OF JURY SERVICE PARTICIPATION A WIDESPREAD PROBLEM IN TEXAS

According to a recent study, Texans called to serve on a jury still are not showing up. The study found that in some Texas counties, as many as 80 percent of those summoned for jury duty simply fail to show up.

From Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse


July 7, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: VIDEO: PRIVATE CITIZEN, PRIVATE EYE

Media run-down on Greg Abbott’s Greg’s “Do It Yourself” approach to uncovering dangerous chemicals:

From Lone Star Project


July 7, 2014

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: LETTER FROM SENATOR ELLIS TO UT SYSTEM CHANCELLOR CIGARROA

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) sent the below letter (also attached) to University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa regarding recent news reports that University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers was asked to resign last week.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


July 7, 2014

TEXAS HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION: NAMES SEASONED STATE LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR AS VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

The Texas Health Care Association (THCA) announced today longtime legislative director to Texas State Senator Bob Deuell, M.D., Scot Kibbe, will lead the state association’s government affairs division as the new Vice President.

From Texas Health Care Association


July 7, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON INDEPENDENCE DAY

Gov. Perry released the following statement today to commemorate the Independence Day holiday: “238 years ago, American patriots united in their pursuit of freedom cast off the ties of empire and joined together in a declaration so powerful, it is as valid and true today as it was on July 4, 1776.

From Office of the Governor


July 7, 2014

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY

In honor of Independence Day, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement: “Every Fourth of July, families across the country take a moment to celebrate our nation’s relentless pursuit of freedom, opportunity, liberty and justice for all.

From Texas Democratic Party


July 7, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS STATEMENT CELEBRATING THE 4TH OF JULY

In celebration of the 4th of July, Wendy Davis issues the following statement: "All across Texas, families and friends are gathering today to celebrate the anniversary of our nation's independence.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


July 7, 2014

SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE: CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH VETERANS

State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs & Military Installation, will celebrate Independence Day this evening at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 76 in San Antonio.

From Senator Leticia Van De Putte


July 3, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: VIDEO: ABBOTT TURNS PRIVATE CITIZEN INTO PRIVATE EYE

Watch what happens when Greg Abbott tries to turn private citizens in to private eyes.

From Lone Star Project


July 3, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MYRA CROWNOVER: APPOINTED TO SELECT COMMITTEE TO STUDY FISCAL IMPACT OF BORDER OPERATIONS

Texas Speaker of the House, Joe Straus, named Representative Myra Crownover to the Select Committee on the Fiscal Impact of Texas Border Support Operations. The Committee will examine the short and long-term budgetary effects of addressing increased activity along the Texas-Mexico border.

From Representative Myra Crownover


July 3, 2014

SENATOR ROBERT DUNCAN: RESIGNS FROM SENATE; CONSTITUENT SERVICES REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR SENATE DISTRICT 28

From Senator Robert Duncan


July 3, 2014

TDP: CONGRESSMAN BLAKE FARENTHOLD TALKS OUT OF BOTH SIDES OF HIS MOUNTH ON IMMIGRATION

SHOT: On Tuesday, Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold told the Corpus Christi Caller Times that lawmakers in Washington can find a solution to the border crisis, but passing comprehensive immigration reform wouldn’t be one of them.

From Texas Democratic Party


July 3, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: AIDED BY $8.6 MILLION TEF GRANT, ACTIVE NETWORK RELOCATES COMPANY HEADQUARTERS TO DALLAS

Gov. Rick Perry has announced a Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) investment of $8.6 million in Active Network, LLC, which is relocating its headquarters from San Diego, California to Dallas, creating 1,000 jobs and $13 million in capital investment.

From Office of the Governor


July 3, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPEARS BEFORE U.S. HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, URGES STRONGER FEDERAL ACTION ON BORDER CRISIS

Gov. Rick Perry told Members of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security today that urgent federal action is required to stem the humanitarian and national security crises unfolding along the Texas-Mexico border.

From Office of the Governor


July 3, 2014

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: STATEMENT ON THE PASSING ON JUDGE ANGEL Z. FRAGA

Today, Harris County has lost a giant of the Latino community. Judge Angel Z. Fraga was a great leader and role model in the Latino community in Houston. He was an associate judge of the City of Houston Municipal Courts and the first judge of Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 13.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


July 3, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: INDEPENDENCE DAY FAMILY FUN GUIDE FOR FINDING DANGEROUS CHEMICALS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Now that Greg Abbott has told Texas families the only way to find out if there are dangerous chemicals near their homes is to "drive around" and "ask questions," we'd like to offer a little more guidance.

From Lone Star Project


July 3, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF ROLES

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced several new staff roles in his Senate D.C. office. He has named Nick Muzin senior advisor and deputy chief of staff for strategy, effective Monday, July 14. He also named Matt Shipley – a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy – military legislative aide, Brooke Bacak senior advisor, and Jeff Murray legislative director, effective immediately.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 3, 2014

TEXAS VALUES ACTION: HOUSE RESIDENTS OFFICIALLY SAY NO TO LGBT LAW

Today, greater Houston pastors, community leaders and statewide leaders will join the No UNequal Rights coalition at Houston City Hall at 3:00 p.m. Houston residents will present the necessary referendum petitions required by the Houston City Charter to repeal Mayor Annise Parker’s “Equal Rights Ordinance” passed by Houston City Council that targets family business owners and churches, and is a special favor for the LGBT community.

From Texas Values Action


July 3, 2014

PETE GALLEGO CAMPAIGN: KOCK BROS ACKNOWLEDGE ATTACK AD ON PETE GALLEGO DISHONEST, REPLACE IT WITH MORE OF THE SAME

As reported by national news outlets, a Koch-brothers funded attack ad on Democratic congressman Pete in TX23 was recently taken off the air by local stations due to wildly dishonest claims.

From Pete Gallego Campaign


July 3, 2014

THOMAS RATLIFF: SECURE THE BORDER

No, I’m not talking about the border between Texas and Mexico, that’s not an issue before the SBOE. I’m talking about the border between Texas and the US Department of Education.

From Thomas Ratliff, SBOE Member


July 3, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT SCRAMBLING, CLEARLY WILLING TO SAY ANYTHING AFTER BACKLASH OVER KEEPING CHEMICAL LOCATIONS SECRET FROM PARENTS

Wendy Davis campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas issued the followed statement: "Hold on a second. First, Greg Abbott says this information shouldn't be public, then he says parents need to drive door to door in order to find it and now he says that concerned parents should inundate their hardworking local fire fighters with thousands of individual requests on whether their child's school is in the blast radius of explosive chemicals.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


July 3, 2014

SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE: AND BEXAR DELEGATION HOST RECEPTION FOR NEW TXDOT DIRECTOR JOE WEBER

Tonight, June 2, 2014, state Senator Leticia Van de Putte and members of the Bexar County Legislative Delegation hosted a reception for Lt. Gen. Joe Weber (retired USMC). General Weber was hired in April 2014 as the 20th executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

From Senator Leticia Van de Putte


July 3, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MARISA MARQUEZ: APPOINTED TO INTERIM COMMITTEE ON THE FISCAL IMPACT OF BORDER OPERATIONS

Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) appointed State Representative Marisa Marquez (D-El Paso) to the Interim Committee to Study the Fiscal Impact of Border Operations, which will examine the short and long-term budgetary effects of addressing increased activity along the border.

From Representative Marisa Marquez


July 3, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE SERGIO MUNOZ, JR.: ANOTHER KEY APPOINTMENT FOR REP. MUNOZ

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus today appointed State Representative Sergio Muñoz, Jr. to the Select Committee on the Fiscal Impact of Texas Border Support Operations, which will examine the short- and long-term budgetary effects of addressing increased activity along the Texas-Mexico border.

From Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.


July 2, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL WORKMAN: QUESTIONS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE ON PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS

State Representative Paul Workman on Monday attended the House Committee on Land & Resource Management's interim hearing on regulatory authority available to municipalities in their extraterritorial jurisdiction.

From Representative Paul Workman


July 2, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: COMMITTEE TO STUDY FISCAL IMPACT OF BORDER OPERATIONS

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus today created the Select Committee on the Fiscal Impact of Texas Border Support Operations, which will examine the short- and long-term budgetary effects of addressing increased activity along the Texas-Mexico border.

From Speaker Joe Straus


July 2, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CIVIL RIGHTS ACT

Today, Texans mark the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing the Civil Right Act—a landmark piece of legislation that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin, and ended unequal application of voter registration laws and racial segregation in schools.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


July 2, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: STRONG, SAFE, AND FREE

The persistent march of terrorists and tyrants around the globe gives us reason to reflect on the precious gift of freedom we have been given and must continue to safeguard.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 2, 2014

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964

50 years ago today, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. The historic legislation outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

From Texas Democratic Party


July 2, 2014

MARY ANN PEREZ CAMPAIGN: PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES ENDORSES REPRESENTATIVE MARY ANN PEREZ

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes has formally endorsed Incumbent Mary Ann Perez for re-election. State Representative Mary Ann Perez is running as a Democrat in Texas’ 144th House district.

From Mary Ann Perez Campaign


July 2, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: VIDEO: SEN. DAVIS' LEGISLATIVE RECORD STUMPS SUPPORTERS

Texans for Greg Abbott today released a video featuring self-identified supporters of Sen. Wendy Davis at last week’s Democrat state convention struggling to name her top legislative achievement.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


July 2, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: GREG ABBOTT TELLS TEXANS TO "DRIVE AROUND" AND "ASK EVERY FACILITY WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE CHEMICALS OR NOT"

"The only thing more outrageous than Greg Abbott keeping the location of chemical facilities secret is telling Texas parents they literally need to go door to door in order to find out if their child's school is in the blast radius of dangerous explosives.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


July 2, 2014

TEXAS CHARTER SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION: KIPP SCHOOLS AWARDED BROAD PRIZE FOR PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS

Today, the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools was awarded to KIPP Schools during the second day of the National Charter Schools annual conference.

From Texas Charter Schools Association


July 2, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DAN FLYNN: HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, MCCRAW DISCUSS ONGOING BORDER OPERATIONS

The Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety met this morning to discuss Texas' ability to execute effective crisis management programs associated with the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force and Hospital Preparedness Program.

From Representative Dan Flynn


July 2, 2014

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: MEETS WITH FAITH BASED ORGANIZATION TO DISCUSS HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS TO ASSIST UNACCOMPANIED MINORS

Today, Senators Sylvia Garcia, Leticia Van de Putte, and Jose Rodriguez met with St. P.J.'s, a faith based organization, to discuss their humanitarian efforts to assist unaccompanied minors crossing the Texas border.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


July 2, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: BLASTS FUNDING OF STREETCAR, LIGHT RAIL PROJECTS IN LETTER TO TEXAS TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION

In a strongly-worded letter to Transportation Chair Ted Houghton, State Senator Donna Campbell questioned the Texas Transportation Commission's vote last week to approve spending of more than $250 million on light rail, streetcar, and busses when highways improvements have failed to keep up with the state's growth.

From Senator Donna Campbell


July 2, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JOSE RODRIGUEZ: MEMBERS OF SENATE HISPANIC CAUCUS AND MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS VISIT REFUGEE CHILDREN IN SAN ANTONIO, TX

Today, Senators José Rodríguez and Sylvia R. Garcia, the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Senate Hispanic Caucus (SHC), joined Senator Leticia Van de Putte and Representative Trey Martinez-Fischer, the Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC), to tour the St. P J’s Children’s Home.

From Representative Jose Rodriguez


July 1, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE ISSUES STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT RULING

Yesterday, the Supreme Court curtailed women’s access to contraceptive coverage, based on their religious affiliation of their employers in the consolidated cases of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


July 1, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS EIGHT TO CRIME VICTIMS' INSTITUTE ADVISORY COUNCIL

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed eight members to the Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council for terms to expire Jan. 31, 2016. The council advises the Crime Victims' Institute regarding the compilation and study of information on the impact of crime to victims, society, and relatives and guardians, and assists the institute to develop policies to prevent the victimization of society by crime.

From Office of the Governor


July 1, 2014

SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE: AND COLLEAGUES DISCUSS HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS IN SAN ANTONIO

Today, Senators Leticia Van de Putte, Jose R. Rodriguez, and Sylvia R. Garcia invited members of the press to discuss the humanitarian efforts by St. P.J.'s surrounding the surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the Texas border.

From Senator Leticia Van De Putte


July 1, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE R.D. "BOBBY" GUERRA: MCALLEN OFFICIALS PROVIDE TESTIMONY

Today, State Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra (D-41) was joined by City of McAllen Mayor Jim Darling and Chief of Police Victor Rodriguez to appear before the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee and testified on the current border operations and humanitarian needs occurring in McAllen.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra


July 1, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS: AND TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS APPLAUD GOVERNOR RICK PERRY'S SUPPRT OF EX-IM BANK

The Texas Association of Manufacturers and the Texas Association of Business today applauded Governor Rick Perry for urging Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank, a vital tool to promote exports of American-made products.

From Texas Association of Manufacturers


July 1, 2014

ANNIE'S LIST: HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR MORE WOMEN IN OFFICE

Today, Annie’s List commemorated the anniversary of July 1, 2013 when the Texas legislature reconvened for a second special session, ultimately passing House Bill 2.

From Annie's List


July 1, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: INVITES YOU TO MEET THE FAMILY IN NEW WEB VIDEO

Today, Senator Leticia Van de Putte released a new web video, “A Lt. Governor who raises ALL our voices.” The video highlights her family and explains why she knew she had to run for lieutenant governor of Texas.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


July 1, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: GREG ABBOTT'S OFFICE NEEDS TO CALL GREG ABBOTT'S OFFICE

SHOT: "Abbott’s campaign spokesman Matt Hirsch sent a message on Twitter suggesting that the information also could be obtained from fire departments." [Texas Tribune, 7.1.14]

From Wendy Davis Campaign


July 1, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: BREAKING: TEXAS TRIBUNE: ABBOTT: ASK CHEMICAL PLANTS WHAT'S INSIDE

Key Points: "Abbott indicated that Texans would have to figure out themselves which facilities to ask... "You know where they are if you drive around," Abbott told reporters Tuesday.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


July 1, 2014

JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA CAMPAIGN: SENATOR HINOJOSA ANNOUNCES RIO GRANDE VALLEY HONOR FLIGHT PROGRAM FOR WWII VETERANS

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa is pleased to announce the recent creation of a Texas Rio Grande Valley Honor Flight program, a movement that seeks to honor World War II veterans by flying them free of charge to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials.

From Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa Campaign


July 1, 2014

TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION: SUMMIT WILL EXPLORE EQUITY ACROSS SYSTEMS

Considering race and ethnicity can be critical when dealing with issues from mental health to juvenile delinquency. Experts will discuss how to achieve equity across systems and community programs at the August 21-22 Cross Systems Summit presented by HHSC’s Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities. Registration is now open for the Summit, which is free and open to the public.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission


July 1, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: AFTER ADMITTING CRIMES, PAXTON SHOULD EXIT AG RACE

Republican attorney general nominee Ken Paxton has admitted he violated Texas securities regulations and been forced to pay a fine to the Texas State Securities Board.

From Lone Star Project


July 1, 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS: TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE DEVELOPS HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MANUAL FOR EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS

The Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force today convened in Austin at the Travis County Center for Child Protection to discuss the State’s collaborative efforts to combat human trafficking.

From Attorney General of Texas


July 1, 2014

TEXAS EXES: THE HON. KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON ELECTED PRESIDENT OF TEXAS EXES

Former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will take office as President of the Texas Exes, the alumni association of the University of Texas at Austin, on July 1.

From Texas Exes


July 1, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: DEMOCRATS: GREG ABBOTT'S LEADERSHIP HAS "BEEN PHENOMENAL" IN COMBATTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING

As Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott addresses a meeting of the Human Trafficking Task Force today, Texans for Greg Abbott released a video featuring Sen. Leticia Van de Putte praising Abbott’s “phenomenal” leadership on this issue, in addition to highlighting his plan to continue address this issue as governor.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


July 1, 2014

TEXAS CATHOLIC CONFERENCE: STATEMENT BY TEXAS BISHOPS ON HOBBY LOBBY RULING

The Texas Catholic Conference welcomed the U. S. Supreme Court's ruling today that the federal government cannot force owners of closely held for-profit companies to violate their religious beliefs in order to provide certain services to employees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

From Texas Catholic Conference


June 30, 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS: STATE OF TEXAS WIN IN WHOOPING CRANE CASE PROTECTS FARMERS, RANCHERS AND COMMUNITIES ALONG SOUTH TEXAS RIVERS

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today ruled in favor of the State of Texas in the whooping crane case. Attorney General Abbott issued the following statement on today's ruling: “This is a significant win for the State of Texas, but especially the farmers, ranchers, and communities along these Texas rivers who would have been irreparably harmed had the lower court's ruling not been reversed.

From Attorney General of Texas


June 30, 2014

TEXAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE: BACKS SPEAKER'S GOAL TO END TRANSPORTATION REVENUE DIVERSION

The Texas Municipal League has adopted a resolution in support of House Speaker Joe Straus’ goal of ending the diversion of State Highway Fund money to non- transportation uses.

From Texas Municipal League


June 30, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: STATEMENT ON HOBBY LOBBY RULING

State Senator Donna Campbell, an emergency room physician who represents Senate District 25, on today's Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: "A free nation cannot exist without religious freedom. Today's decision by the Supreme Court reaffirms that sacred right and confirms the Obama Administration's overreach and endless hostility toward religious values and freedom.

From Senator Donna Campbell


June 30, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE PETE GALLEGO: KOCH BROS ATTACK AD ON REP. PETE GALLEGO FOUND FALSE - TAKEN OFF THE AIR

Last week, a Koch brother funded group called Concerned Veterans for America put a blatantly false attack ad on the air in the 23rd district of Texas making demonstrably false accusations [1] towards Democratic Congressman Pete Gallego and his work on issues related to veterans and the VA.

From Representative Pete Gallego


June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT DECISION AGAINST OBAMACARE MANDATE

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst released the following statement in support of the Supreme Court's decision that closely held companies cannot be required to pay to cover some types of contraceptives for their employees: "I commend the Supreme Court for acknowledging the fundamental right to religious freedom cannot be overridden by Obamacare's overreaching mandates.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


June 30, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: TEXAS IS THE DESTINATION FOR RELOCATING A BUSINESS

When it comes to the best place to do business, there is no competition between Texas and California. “If you look at the latest CNBC rankings of top states for business, you will see that Texas is second and California is ranked 32,” said Bill Hammond, Texas Association of Business (TAB) CEO.

From Texas Association of Business


June 30, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS: HOBBY LOBBY RULING PUTS EMPLOYERS BETWEEN WOMEN AND DOCTORS

Wendy Davis issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on the case Burwood v Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.: "Today's disappointing decision to restrict access to birth control puts employers between women and their doctors.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


June 30, 2014

TEXAS CAMPAIGN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: ENVIRONMENTALISTS RESPOND TO KEN MORY RESIGNATION: RESCIND UNFAIR REPORT

Statement by Texas Campaign for the Environment Executive Director Robin Schneider in response to Austin City Auditor Ken Mory’s announcement that he will resign his office in December:

From Texas Campaign for the Environment


June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON HOBBY LOBBY RULING

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. “Today’s decision is further proof that Obamacare represents one of the greatest governmental overreaches in our nation’s history.

From Office of the Governor


June 30, 2014

CALIFORNIA STATE SENATOR TED GAINES: TOUTS CALIFORNIA BUSINESS CLIMATE WHILE IN TEXAS

In an effort to attract, retain and grow California businesses, California State Senator Ted Gaines, Republican Caucus Chair, visited the Texas State Capitol today to discuss his efforts in promoting California as the premier destination for business relocation, business expansion and economic development.

From California State Senator Ted Gaines


June 30, 2014

TEXAS PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION: RELEASES NEW REPORT: AMERICA'S CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS: TIME FOR AN ARTICLE V AMENDMENTS CONVENTION?

The Texas Public Policy Foundation today released a new report from Director of the Center for Tenth Amendment Action Karen Lugo. America’s Constitutional Crisis: Time for an Article V Amendments Convention? argues that a movement for an Amendments Convention would engage voters, re-invigorate Constitutional enthusiasm, and educate the American public on necessary reform.

From Texas Public Policy Foundation


June 30, 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS: ABBOTT APPLAUDS SUPREME COURT'S HOBBY LOBBY DECISION PROTECTING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued the following statement on today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.: “Today’s ruling is a major victory for religious freedom and another blow to the heavy-handed way the Obama Administration has tried to force the misguided Obamacare law on Americans.

From Attorney General of Texas


June 30, 2014

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES: GREG ABBOTT SUPPORTS LIMITING ACCESS TO BIRTH CONTROL

Today the Supreme Court released their ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, limiting women’s access to birth control coverage. Greg Abbott instantly celebrated the ruling via the tweet attached.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


June 30, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: WILL GOP OUST PAXTON?

The Lone Star Project has learned from sources inside the State Capitol that allies of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus – and perhaps the Speaker himself – may be urging the Travis County District Attorney to move quickly to prosecute Texas Republican AG nominee Ken Paxton for his admitted state securities law violations.

From Lone Star Project


June 30, 2014

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: SUPREME COURT'S BIRTH CONTROL DECISION REDEFINES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Today’s Supreme Court decision allowing for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby Inc. to opt out of a requirement that employers include coverage for birth control in employee health insurance plans redefines religious freedom, Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller said today.

From Texas Freedom Network


June 30, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: SPEAKER APPOINTS SELECT COMMITTEES

Last week, Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus appointed two select committees to study issues related to the Texas economy. I was honored to be appointed to the Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


June 30, 2014

TEXAS VALUES: PRAISES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DECISION FOR HOBBY LOBBY

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court released its historic decision in the Hobby Lobby case opposing Obamacare’s HHS mandate (Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc). Texas Values praised today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding religious liberty and protecting the conscience rights of family businesses who object to being forced to pay for the coverage of sterilizations, contraception and drugs that have the potential to destroy an unborn child.

From Texas Values


June 27, 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS: ABBOTT PARTICIPATES IN BORDER SURGE BRIEFING, VISITS CUSTOMS & BORDER SURGE BRIEFING, VISITS CUSTOMS & BORDER PROTECTION STATION IN RIO GRANDE VALLEY

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today traveled to Hidalgo County, where he participated in a border security briefing with U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers and toured a facility that immigrants who illegally crossed into Texas are being housed.

From Attorney General of Texas


June 27, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT SEN. DAVIS' FLOUNDERING CAMPAIGN

Politico: “Privately, Many Of [Davis’] Supporters Are Resigned To Her Losing.” “Democrats are publicly rooting for Wendy Davis to turn Texas blue. But privately, many of her supporters are resigned to her losing.”

From Greg Abbott Campaign


June 27, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JASON VILLALBA: ANNOUNCES INTENTIONS TO NAME PHIL COLLINS AN HONORARY TEXAN

Today Texas State Representative Jason Villalba (District 114) announced intentions to file a resolution naming Phil Collins an Honorary Texan. The resolution honors the British musician’s passion for Texas history and donation of his extensive collection of artifacts from the Battle of the Alamo back to the State of Texas.

From Representative Jason Villalba


June 27, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY ANNOUNCES TEF INVESTMENT EXPANDING MAVERICK ARMS MANUFACTURING IN EAGLE PASS

Gov. Rick Perry has announced a Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) investment of $300,000 for Maverick Arms, Inc., a firearms company specializing in shotguns. The company has announced plans to expand its Eagle Pass manufacturing facility, creating 50 new jobs and $3.4 million in capital investment.

From Office of the Governor


June 27, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: TAKES TO THE SKIES TO TELL SEN. DAVIS: "DON'T CALIFORNIA OUR TEXAS!"

As Sen. Wendy Davis prepares for her speech to the Texas Democrat convention, convention goers in Dallas will be confronted with her plan to bring blue state liberal policies to Texas via an aerial banner courtesy of Texans for Greg Abbott.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


June 27, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: APPOINTED TO CHAIR SUNSET SUBCOMMITTEE

Last night, Senator Jane Nelson, Chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission, appointed Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa as Chairman of a Subcommittee to Study the Potential Closures of State Supported Living Centers (SSLCs).

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


June 26, 2014

TEXAS OFFICE OF COURT ADMINISTRATION: MEMBERS APPOINTED TO NEW JUDICIAL BRANCH CERTIFICATION COMMISSION

The Supreme Court of Texas this week appointed 9 members to serve staggered terms on the newly created Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC).

From Texas Office of Court Administration


June 26, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS CELEBRATES ONE YEAR FILIBUSTER ANNIVERSARY WITH SUPPORTERS ACROSS THE STATE

Last night, over 1,600 Texans joined Wendy Davis in Austin to celebrate the one year anniversary of when she stood for nearly 13 hours and filibustered to stop Austin insiders from closing women's health centers across the state that provided crucial care to tens of thousands of Texas women.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


June 26, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE CELIA ISRAEL: APPLAUDS TXDOT VOTE TO AWARD CAPITAL METRO $50M FOR TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS

Today, TxDOT voted to award Capital Metro $50 million to purchase four additional MetroRail cars and help construct a permanent, expanded downtown rail station at its Transportation Commission meeting in Pasadena.

From Representative Celia Israel


June 26, 2014

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: PHIL COLLINS DONATES MASSIVE COLLECTION TO THE ALAMO

The largest known private collection of artifacts from the Texas Revolution and the Battle of the Alamo has come home. Today, former Genesis drummer, Oscar winner, multiple Grammy Award winner and Texana collector Phil Collins joined Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson at the Alamo to announce the donation of his famed collection of rarities to the state of Texas.

From Texas General Land Office


June 26, 2014

SENATOR KIRK WATSON: TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION AWARDS $50 MILLION GRAN TO CAP METRO

The following is a statement from Sen. Kirk Watson: "The Texas Transportation Commission today awarded a $50 million grant to the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which will enable the agency to double the capacity of Austin's MetroRail commuter line.

From Senator Kirk Watson


June 26, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY REAPPOINTS PRESIDING OFFICERS OF TEXAS REGIONAL MOBILITY AUTHORITIES

Gov. Rick Perry has reappointed the presiding officers of the Cameron County, Alamo, Grayson County and North East Texas Regional Mobility authorities for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2016.

From Office of the Governor


June 26, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON U.S. HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE HEARING SCHEDULED FOR JULY 3 IN MCALLEN

Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee hearing scheduled July 3 in McAllen. The governor will provide testimony to the committee about how the growing border crisis is impacting Texas.

From Office of the Governor


June 26, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: VIDEO: THE DANGER NEXT DOOR

Before the smoke had even cleared after the tragic chemical explosion in the town of West, Greg Abbott turned up—along with a lot of other politicians—trying to get on TV.

From Lone Star Project


June 26, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT SENIOR ADVISOR DAVE CARNEY COMPARES WENDY DAVIS TO SATAN IN LATEST DISGUSTING ATTACK

"Retard Barbie". Hitler. "Abortion Barbie". These are some of the ways that Greg Abbott, his campaign, and his allies have described Wendy Davis. Now we can add Satan to the list.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


June 26, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE PETE GALLEGO: ANNOUNCES FEMA GRANT OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONTINUED LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014

U.S. Representative Pete P. Gallego (D-Alpine) announced that the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Continuing Training Grant (CTG) program totaling $11 million.

From Representative Pete Gallego


June 26, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT BILLBOARDS GREET CONVENTION GOERS ON WAY TO DALLAS

Texans for Greg Abbott unveiled a series of five billboards lining roadways leading into Dallas, the site of the Texas Democrat convention beginning today. The billboards highlight Sen. Davis’ record of questionable ethical practices.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


June 25, 2014

EMPOWER TEXANS: SETS STAGE FOR COURT CHALLENGE TO TEC RULES

In a hearing before the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) today, attorneys for watchdog organization Empower Texans argued that politically-motivated complaints filed against its president were without merit and that the laws employed are unconstitutional.

From Empower Texans


June 25, 2014

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS REMEMBER THE FILIBUSTER

One year ago today, Texas Democrats roared as Sen. Wendy Davis, Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, many outstanding members of the Legislature, and Texans defeated a Republican attack on women, health care, and reproductive rights.

From Texas Democratic Party


June 25, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: GREG ABBOTT- INCOMPETENT COUNSEL

Greg Abbott and his legal team have had a couple of very bad weeks in court—and there’s no end in sight. For years, Abbott has bragged that his job as Attorney General is simply “going into the office every day and suing Obama.”

From Lone Star Project


June 25, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: VIDEO: FILIBUSTER ANNIVERSARY: THE DAY WE ALL CAME TOGETHER

Tonight, Wendy Davis and Texans across the state, will celebrate the one year anniversary of the filibuster to stop Austin insiders from closing women's health centers across the state that provided crucial care to tens of thousands of Texas women like breast cancer screenings, access to birth control and basic reproductive services, including abortion.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


June 25, 2014

PROFESSIONAL ADVOCACY ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS: APPLAUDS CREATION OF NEW LEGISLATIVE AND CAMPAIGN LAW SECTION OF STATE BAR OF TEXAS

The Professional Advocacy Association of Texas (PAAT) is encouraging its attorney members to support the launch of the State Bar of Texas’ new Legislative and Campaign Law Section during the Bar’s annual conference this week.

From Professional Advocacy Association of Texas


June 25, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: RELEASES TESTIMONIAL AD AS SEN. DAVIS "CELEBRATES" LATE-TERM ABORTION FILIBUSTER

As Sen. Wendy Davis today “celebrates” the anniversary of her filibuster in support of late-term abortion, Texans for Greg Abbott released a video testimonial featuring Claire Culwell, a late-term abortion survivor, who shares her story and highlights Greg Abbott’s record of defending life.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


June 25, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: THE HUMAN COST OF FAILED BORDER POLICIES

The first thing I saw was a boy crying. Terrified and sobbing against the window of the holding cell, he couldn’t have been more than 12 or 13. The room was full of other young boys, their curious eyes peering out at us as we walked by. These were the ones who made the trip alone.

From Office of the Governor


June 25, 2014

SENATOR KIRK WATSON: METRORAIL TO RECEIVE $50 MILLION STATE GRANT

Senator Kirk Watson announced that the Texas Department of Transportation will vote Thursday on a $50 million grant to the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority to purchase four additional MetroRail cars and help construct a permanent, expanded downtown rail station.

From Senator Kirk Watson


June 25, 2014

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: TESTIFIES ON VOTING RIGHTS ACT

Today, Senator Sylvia R. Garcia (D- Houston) testified before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, who is discussing the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


June 25, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: ISSUES STATEMENT ON UNIDENTIFIED HUMAN REMAINS IN BROOKS COUNTY

This morning, I coordinated a meeting with staff from the Governor's office, the Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers office, Brooks County officials, and Lori Baker, an anthropologist at Baylor University, to discuss the recent concerns regarding the exhumation of unidentified human remains in Falfurrias, Texas.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


June 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE BRYAN HUGHES: VISITS RIO GRANDE VALLEY TO SURVEY BORDER SECURITY

Representative Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) today issued the following statement on his recent tour along the border and meetings with federal, state, and county leaders regarding border security:

From Representative Bryan Hughes


June 25, 2014

TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION: U.S. SUPREME COURT RULED EPA OVERSTEPPED AUTHORITY RELATED TO GREENHOUSE GAS REGULATION

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overstepped its authority related to regulating greenhouse gases in its attempt to revise clear statutory terms established in the Clean Air Act.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


June 24, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE SERGIO MUNOZ, JR.: IMMIGRATION

State Representative Sergio Muñoz, Jr. has been on a mission to find answers to many of the questions surrounding the Rio Grande Valley's dramatic influx of immigrants from Central America, including an unprecedented number of unaccompanied children.

From Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.


June 24, 2014

NARAL PRO-CHOICE TEXAS: CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS WILL CONTINUE TO DECEIVE WOMEN

Yesterday, Judge Lee Yeakel struck down an Austin city ordinance requiring crisis pregnancy centers to post a notice disclosing factual information about their services: whether a licensed health care provider administers their medical services and whether they are licensed by state or federal regulatory entities.

From NARAL Pro-Choice Texas


June 24, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: ADVISE DISTRICTS OF COMMUNITY AND STUDENT ENGAGEMENT DEADLINE

The Texas Education Agency has advised all school districts and charters of the summer deadlines to submit locally-assigned performance ratings. Under House Bill 5 (passed last year by the 83rd Texas Legislature), all districts are required to evaluate the district’s performance and the performance of each campus in regard to community and student engagement.

From Texas Education Agency


June 24, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS CALL FOR STATE EMERGENCY, EMERGENCY SPECIAL SESSION ON BORDER CRISIS GETS WIDE NOTICE

Yesterday, Wendy Davis called for a state of emergency to address the ongoing border crisis after meeting with local border control officials and elected officials in McAllen.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


June 24, 2014

TEXAS PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION: THURSDAY: TPPF AND THE MANHATTAN INSTITUTE HOST A POLICY PRIMER DISCUSSING THE SUCCESS OF TEXAS CITIES

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is teaming up with the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research to host “The Texas Story Continues: Understanding which U.S. Metros are Leading, Lagging, and Why” on Thursday, June 26, 2014, from 11:45 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol Legislative Conference Center located in room E2.002.

From Texas Public Policy Foundation


June 24, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY MEETS TOMORROW TO DISCUSS REAUTHORIZATION OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary will discuss reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act tomorrow in Washington, D.C. The Act is a key element in protecting voters in states, like Texas, that have a history of discriminatory practices.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


June 24, 2014

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SUNSET ADVISORY COMMISSION BEGINS TWO DAYS OF HEARINGS

The Sunset Advisory Commission, chaired by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today began two days of public hearings on recommendations for sweeping reforms of the first wave of agencies undergoing Sunset reviews during the current cycle, including the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and four health and human service agencies.

From Senator Jane Nelson


June 24, 2014

TEXAS CATHOLIC BISHOPS: STATEMENT ON INFLUX OF UNACCOMPANIED MINORS

Texas' Catholic Bishops are deeply concerned about the increasing number of unaccompanied children and mothers from Central America and Mexico who are crossing into the United States through our state.

From Texas Catholic Bishops


June 24, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT WEB AD: "SEN. DAVIS: HIGHER TAXES, NO SOLUTIONS."

Texans for Greg Abbott today released the following web ad, “Sen. Davis: Higher Taxes, No Solutions” addressing Sen. Davis’ willingness to raise taxes to pay for her spending programs, and highlighting some of the specific taxes she is targeting.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


June 24, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS: DECISION ON DIETZ RIGHT MOVE FOR SCHOOLS

Wendy Davis issued the following statement in response to Judge Peeples' ruling to keep Judge Dietz on the school finance case, instead of removing him as requested by Greg Abbott: "I applaud this decision. This was never anything more than a last ditch, desperate effort to interfere with the legal system and delay a decision until after the election.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


June 24, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JASON VILLALBA: APPOINTED TO COMMITTEE TO REVIEW TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

On Friday, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus created the Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives, which will assess the economic benefit provided by state and local incentive programs and make recommendations to make those programs more effective and efficient.

From Representative Jason Villalba


June 24, 2014

TEXAS CENTER FOR DEFENSE OF LIFE: U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE LEE YEAKEL ENJOINS CITY OF AUSTIN ORDINANCE

On 4/8/10, the City of Austin enacted 10-9, an ordinance regulating pregnancy resource centers located in Austin. On 4/22/11, TCDL delivered a letter to the Austin City Attorney explaining why the ordinance was unconstitutional, but received no response.

From Texas Center for Defense of Life


June 24, 2014

TEXAS VALUES: AUSTIN FEDERAL COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF PRO-LIFE CENTERS

Today, Austin area pro-life centers gained a huge victory in their fight to protect their free speech and religious liberty rights. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin, and Austin area Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRCs) were represented by Liberty Institute.

From Texas Values


June 24, 2014

TEXAS SCHOOL COALITION: STATE'S MOTION TO RECUSE JUDGE IN SCHOOL FINANCE TRIAL DENIED

Today, District Judge David Peeples of the Fourth Administrative Judicial Region in Bexar County, denied a motion filed by the State of Texas seeking the recusal of State District Judge John Dietz in the pending school finance case.

From Texas School Coalition


June 24, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE R.D. "BOBBY" GUERRA: FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS MEET TO DISCUSS THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY

State Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra (D-McAllen) along with other officials met today to discuss the current humanitarian crisis in the Rio Grande Valley caused by the recent influx of undocumented children and families from Central America.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra


June 24, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JOAQUIN CASTRO: STATEMENT ON ONGOING RESPONSE TO UNACCOMPANIED MIGRANT MINORS SITUATION

Congressman Castro released the following statement on the ongoing situation with unaccompanied minors fleeing Central America in large numbers and arriving in the United States. Congressman Castro also released the following letter calling on a full House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing to get at the root of this issue and explore an adequate humanitarian response:

From Representative Joaquin Castro


June 24, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE BRYAN HUGHES: VISITS RIO GRANDE VALLEY TO SURVEY BORDER SECURITY

Representative Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) today issued the following statement on his recent tour along the border and meetings with Federal, State, and County leaders regarding border security:

From Representative Bryan Hughes


June 24, 2014

TEXAS PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION: STATEMENT ON THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS' CLIMATE CHANGE RESOLUTIONS

James Quintero, Director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Local Governance issued this statement today about the U.S. Conference of Mayors:

From Texas Public Policy Foundation


June 24, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY TOURS FACILITY HOUSING DETAINEES, REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO SECURING BORDER

Gov. Rick Perry today toured a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children, where he received a briefing from federal officials. He also reaffirmed Texas’ commitment to protecting its citizens by securing the Texas-Mexico border, and called for Washington to take actions to help curb the tide of illegal immigrants flowing across the border.

From Office of the Governor